CHICAGO, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning, original program, REPLAY, created by Gatorade will return for a third season. Gatorade REPLAY stages re-matches of classic games between some of the nation's best high school sports teams and gives former teammates the chance to prove once you're an athlete, you're always an athlete. In its third season, Gatorade will reunite two South Side Chicago high school basketball powerhouses – Bloom and Brother Rice – whose 2000 super sectional game ended on a controversial call involving the game clock and a questionable last second tip in at the buzzer.
"REPLAY is a program that continues to grow in popularity because so many people can relate to wanting a second chance in sport in order to change an outcome," said Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief marketing officer of Gatorade. "From the football fields of Pennsylvania to the ice arenas of Detroit, bringing REPLAY home to Gatorade's headquarters to feature the immense basketball talent from the Chicago area is an exciting next step in the platform's evolution."
To prepare for their once-in-a-lifetime rematch, the Bloom and Brother Rice players will take part in a customized, 8-week training and nutrition program developed with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) and the Gatorade Training Council, and implemented with the help of professionals from Velocity Sports Performance. GSSI has worked with elite and professional athletes for more than 25 years and will help the Bloom and Brother Rice squads understand their individual fueling needs as athletes before, during and after their on- and off-court training sessions.
"We take the preparation for this game as seriously as the players do, and we will provide them with the exercise science and sports nutrition support our own roster of professional athletes receive from us," said Kim White, senior scientist, GSSI. "We look forward to a well played game that reflects the effort, time, and dedication these players have committed to providing."
The REPLAY game is tentatively scheduled to take place in early September with a game location, time and date to be determined. A documentary about the Gatorade REPLAY journey produced by FOX Sports Net will also air nationwide this fall.
"We are excited to continue our creative collaboration with Gatorade for a third edition of REPLAY," said Read Jackson, FSN's senior vice president of production and executive producer of REPLAY. "The soul of REPLAY is the storytelling: memories are revisited, friendships are rekindled. The show paints a deeply emotional portrait of the twists and turns the players' lives have taken since high school."
REPLAY, a series of sports documentaries focusing on rematches between great rivalries, is based on an original concept from the creative teams at Gatorade and TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles.
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